The Pakistan government is likely to legalise more than 2.8 million Bangalis who have been living in country since 1971.
The Parliamentary Committee on the National Reverification Programme (NRVP) recommended that the constitutional be amended to grant citizenship to Bengalis, the Daily Pakistan reported quoting the Samaa TV.
According to the report, the amendments will be made in the Pakistan Citizens Act, paving the way for issuance of CNICs to nearly 2.8 million members of Pakistani’s Bengali community, of which 1.5 million are living in Karachi.
The committee also discussed the issue of more than 100,000 blocked CNICs.
The Bengali community is settled mainly in Karachi. Of them, majority had chosen to stay in Pakistan after 1971 Liberation War of Bangladesh.
The Bangalis, who are scattered in about 105 settlements across Karachi, demands to be recognised as a Pakistani.